Elbie Fletcher

Birthdate 3/18/1916
Death Date 3/9/1994
Debut Year 1934
Year of Induction
Teams Braves, Pirates
Position First Base

Elbie Fletcher led the NL in on-base % in three straight years & was an All Star in 1943; then he missed two years to WWII and retired at age 33.

In the collection:

Elbie Fletcher writes of Pie Traynor's abilities

Elbie Fletcher writes of Pie Traynor's abilities

Elbie Fletcher enjoyed a 12-year Major League career, most of which with the Pirates. Here Fletcher writes about Pie Traynor, “In 1939 I was sold to the Pitts. Pirates and ‘Pie’ Traynor was the manager, a great break for me. He was a ‘Hall of Famer’, an outstanding third baseman, and an ex
Pie Traynor autographed 3x5 index card

Pie Traynor autographed 3x5 index card

Elbie Fletcher thought highly of Pie Traynor both as a manager and as a man. Most of the Traynor autographs that survive today are similar to this index card in which the third baseman has written, “Pie Traynor”. That makes the first image on this page a bit remarkable. Much less common is the m
Elbie Fletcher signed 3x5 card with inscription

Elbie Fletcher signed 3x5 card with inscription

Some have argued that Elbie Fletcher was on a Hall of Fame trajectory before his career was interrupted with World War II. The slick-fielding first baseman was just hitting his stride. In 1940 his age-24 season, Fletcher finished 4th in the NL in RBI and started a streak of four straight years in wh
Elbie Fletcher writes about Pittsburgh coach Honus Wagner

Elbie Fletcher writes about Pittsburgh coach Honus Wagner

Acquired by the Pirates in 1939, Elbie Fletcher saw his greatest success in a Pittsburgh uniform. He led the league in on-base percentage for three straight years before playing in an All Star game in 1943. Fletcher remained with the Pirates until the end of the 1947 season. It was during his many y
Autograph of Honus Wagner as Pirates coach in 1935

Autograph of Honus Wagner as Pirates coach in 1935

Elbie Fletcher had fond memories of Honus Wagner as his coach during their time together with the Pirates from 1939-1947. In the collection is this letter signed by Wagner in 1935, his third season as coach with Pittsburgh, four years before Fletcher joined the team. Wagner thanks NL President Ford
Autographed 1940 Play Ball reprint of Elbie Fletcher

Autographed 1940 Play Ball reprint of Elbie Fletcher

Elbie Fletcher played his first four big league seasons with the Boston Braves. After playing in 35 games for the Boston in 1939, the Braves traded him to the Pirates. From there Fletcher played in Pittsburgh through the 1947 season. The first baseman led the National League in on-base percentage three consecutive seasons in Pittsburgh

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